2018 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan
2018 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan Enticing aromas of currant, crushed stone, blueberry, lead pencil, iodine and graphite follow through to a full body with round, chewy tannins that are polished and powerful, yet balanced and beautiful. In the end, the tannins are compact and tight at the finish. But you want to drink it.
Bordeaux Wine Region
As a map of Bordeaux wine regions attests, the region is exceptionally well developed for wine tourism, whether for beginners or connoisseurs, with almost 7,500 producers and close to 10,000 different Bordeaux wines accompanied by stunning chateaux and wineries that line the countryside.
Although Bordeaux was originally revered for its sweet white wines from the sub-region of Sauternes, over 90% of Bordeaux wines are now red – the red Bordeaux blend is one of the most imitated around the world and includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (with small amounts of Carménère). In terms of the Bordeaux wine region map, Cabernet Sauvignon is generally featured more heavily in blends on the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the opposite Right Bank tends to carry a preference for Merlot – there are 57 appellations across both, playing host to 7,000 wine producing chateaux and 13,000 growers.
The Bordeaux wine region extends 60 miles around the city along three rivers – the Gironde, Garonne and Dordogne – of Europe’s largest estuary to create an ideal setting for wine making that is complemented by a temperate climate with a short winter and high levels of humidity courtesy of the nearby Atlantic Ocean.